Straight from Madonna’s official site, this is it folks–the official cover art for Madonna’s upcoming end-all, be-all Warner Records compilation, Celebration.
What do you think? I’ve spent about an hour mulling it over, and I’ve decided with some amount of certainty that I absolutely approve of the image. As so many subjects who’ve been granted the Warholian touch have since been regarded as ‘iconic’ in our society (Marilyn, Elvis), it’s only fitting that Madge should be given the screen print, color overlay treatment. The more I look at it, the more I love it. Congratulations Camp Madge–you’ve not fucked this up.
And then we have the official press release. I’ve bolded the important bits for the tl;dr crowd.
July 23, 2009 – For Immediate Release (Burbank, California) – Madonna, who has racked up a record 37 top 10 hits as well as seven No. 1 albums (including her last four) on the Billboard Pop Charts, has given her fans yet another opportunity to â€œcelebrateâ€ her musical achievements. Today, Warner Bros. Records officially confirmed the September 28th release in the U.S. (September 29 outside U.S.) of â€œCELEBRATIONâ€ â€“ the ultimate compilation of Madonna songs. The songs on â€œCelebrationâ€ have all been remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans. They cover the expanse of the Material Girlâ€™s extraordinary career of hits including â€œEverybody,â€ â€œExpress Yourself,â€ â€œVogueâ€ and â€œ4 Minutes.â€ â€œCelebrationâ€ will be available in a two-CD set as well as a single CD. There will also be a â€œCelebrationâ€ DVD released simultaneously which includes the video visionaryâ€™s best videos including several that have never before been available on DVD.
â€œCelebration,â€ the CD will also include two new songs that were recently recorded in New York City. The first single, also titled, â€œCelebration,â€ co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, will be released August 3rd. A video for the single, which will be included on the â€œCelebrationâ€ DVD was just filmed in Milan, Italy and was directed by long time Madonna collaborator Jonas (â€œRay of Lightâ€) Akerlund. Several dance club remixes of â€œCelebrationâ€ are already headed to the clubs. The song will also be available on CD and vinyl maxi. Radio will receive the â€œCelebrationâ€ single on August 3rd.
The cover for â€œCelebrationâ€ was created by street pop artist â€œMr. Brainwashâ€ who is best known for â€œthrowing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven.â€ (A copy of the cover image of the â€œCelebrationâ€ CDs and DVDs is attached)
Madonna, a multi Grammy award winning singer, writer and producer has had over 12 No. 1 singles and has a record-smashing 39 No. 1 singles on Billboardâ€™s Hot Dance Club Songs Chart â€“ by far the most of any artist in the over 30 year history of the list.
Approved, approved, approved.